Established by the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, the mandate of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (“the Committee”) includes all areas covered by Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada and their portfolio agencies and partners. The Committee can study any aspect of the management and operations of Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, as well as any legislation, programs or policy areas administered by the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Infrastructure. The portfolio mix of transportation, infrastructure and communities is quite broad and includes:
Transportation programs and policies established by the Government of Canada;
A range of socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues facing Canadian cities and communities.
The Committee primarily considers legislation and issues of national importance related to these subjects. While many aspects of these portfolios are exclusively the responsibility of the provinces, e.g., highways, public transit and municipal infrastructure, the federal government may have a role where it is perceived that the national interest is at stake.